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RLGS Standards Guidelines

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: RLGS Standards Guidelines Reply with quote

In addition to the guidance given by the LMO here, RLGS would like to add the following guidelines for all Dignitary standards.

Standards Guidelines:

Before a standard is finalized and send to the LMO team, make sure that all of these things are done:

1. Every costume piece has a photo and that photo has been uploaded to the RLGS web site (ask the DCO/DXO about uploading photos).

2. It is written in clear English that is easy to understand and to translate.

3. Every measurement is given in both inches and centimeters.

4. It includes the RLGS policy for hair and wigs (reword if needed):

If the character has an unnatural hair color, the hair color is required. Otherwise, "Natural hair colors only (COLOR preferred); If a wig or extensions are used, they must be of high quality and appear like natural hair." Unnatural hair colors should include wording about high quality wigs and extensions.

5. Include the RLGS policy for blasters. All blasters should be "optional, but recommended."

6. If the standard has been updated in 2017 or 2018 (and probably 2016) it probably does not need to have the wording revised. Recently written/revised standards should just be reformatted and given images before posting publicly, unless there are mistakes in the standards. We should focus our efforts on older standards. To find out when a standard was uploaded or updated, check the bottom of each standard on the web site:

Guidelines for Discussion:

1. All opinions matter. We will do our best to go with the most common opinions when there is disagreement, unless it violates a Legion policy. This is also true when we get to public discussions. The opinions of general Legion members matter just as much as RLGS opinions.

2. When suggesting a change for a standard, please suggest new wording instead of an idea. For example:

I think the standards should say how long the dress is.

Is not as helpful as

How about this? "Dress is ankle length."

That way, the new wording can be copied and pasted into the standards. This will make the standards revision process a lot faster and easier for the team captains. You can also quote the whole standards and make changes in another color.

3. Anyone can post a standard. The more the merrier. Make sure to check in the RLGS standards forum to see if someone is already working on it before posting a new thread, so that we do not have duplicate threads.

Photo Guidelines

This guide has some specific guidance on what kinds of photos can be used where in the standards, and what photos are needed. In addition, I would like to add the following tips:

1. Screenshots and official PR photos (or scans for comic book costumes) are the best kind of photo to use in standards. These can be used without permission unless the person who originally scanned the image asks for credit.

2. Exhibit photos are great, but they are not always accurately dressed or the original costume. We need to carefully look at all exhibit photos to decide if they can be used. If we use exhibit photos and we know who the photographer is, we need to have permission from the photographer and credit them if they would like credit. If you find an exhibit photo you want to use for the standards, please tell Lora or I and we will ask the photographer for permission on behalf of the Galactic Senate.

3. Secondary sources like official artwork, action figures, statues can only be used if they are accurate and we do not have references from the first two source types above.

4. Photos of costume pieces or diagrams drawn by costumers can only be used if none of the above are available. If a photo of this kind is used, we must have permission from the person who made the item. If possible, the person should not be wearing the costume item. If not, then the face should not be shown. (This rule is based on informal comments by the LMO, so it may change.)

5. If the image is scanned from a book or comic, any text should be erased. This is to avoid making publishers angry. If you need help doing this, let me know.

Even if we don't use the images you find in the standards, we can still add them to the RLGS web site reference galleries, so please share anything good that you find.

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